Submitted Place Names Starting with N
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NAGORNO-KARABAKH (Political Subdivision) English
Combination of Russian нагорный (nagorniy)
"highland" and Karabakh
, derived from Turkish kara
"black" and Persian باغ (bāgh)
"garden". Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region in the Caucasus
and internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan
NAIRN (Settlement) Scottish
A town in Inverness-shire, Scotland. The town is so called due to its location on the river Nairn, the name of which is probably of pre-Celtic origin.
NAMIBIA (Country) English
The name of the Country in Southern Africa. Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population... [more]
NANGIJALA (Other) Literature
Meaning unknown. Invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her novel "The Brothers Lionheart" (1973) where it is the main setting. In the book, Nangijala is the name of afterlife where our souls go after we die.
NARA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city which is the capital of Nara Prefecture in western Japan. The kanji used are 奈 (dai, na, nai, ikan, karanashi) meaning "Nara, what?" and 良 (ryou, i.i, yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
NÄRKE (Region) Swedish
Närke is Swedish historical province. The name is believed to be derived from the word när
meaning "ridge, hill" (not to be confused with the word nära
NARNIA (Country) Literature
The name of a fictional country which is the setting of C. S. Lewis's 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of fantasy novels for children. This coincides with the old Latin name of Narni
, an Italian town in the region of Umbria, which may have inspired Lewis.
NAVAN (Other) Irish
Irish place name meaning "the cave" (?)
NAVARRE (Country) French
From the name of the historic Royaume de Navarre
, a kingdom in the West Pyrenees mountains which is divided today between Spain and France. It is either derived from the Basque nabar
, meaning "brownish" or "multicolor" (which would be a contrast with the green mountain lands north of the original County of Navarre); or from the Basque naba
, "valley" or "plain", and herri
, "land" or "people".
NEBRASKA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Otoe Ñí Brásge
meaning "flat water".
NEFTEKAMSK (Settlement) Russian, English
Derived from Russian нефть (neft')
meaning "oil, petroleum" and the name of the Kama River
. Neftekamsk is a city in Russia and the Republic of Bashkortostan.
NENT (River) English
A river in the North Pennines. Its name is derived from Cumbric nent
, meaning 'stream'. It is a tributary of the Tyne
NEVADA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Spanish Sierra Nevada
NEWCASTLE (Settlement) English
A city in North-East England. It simply denoted the site of a New Castle, as this is where a castle was erected by William the Conquer in 1080.... [more]
NEWFOUNDLAND (Country) English
From 1907 to 1949, Newfoundland existed as the self-governing Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1949, Newfoundland joined Canada as a province.
NEW GRANADA (Country) History
This South American country was part of Gran Colombia
from 1819-1830 and was independent from 1830-1858. In 1858, the country became known as the Grenadine Confederation, then the United States of New Granada in 1861, the United States of Colombia
in 1863, and finally, the Republic of Colombia
NEWGUINEA (Island) English
The name of the Island. New Guinea is a large Island in the South West Pacific region. It is the world's second-largest island, after Greenland, covering a land area of 785,753 km², and the largest wholly or partly within the Southern Hemisphere.
NEW JERSEY (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the largest of British channel islands Jersey.
NEW YORK (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of a city in that state, named after the then Duke of York
, later King James II of England.
NICARAGUA (Country) English
The name of the Country in Central America. Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches... [more]
NIDELVA (River) Norwegian
The name of a river that runs through Trondheim
, and the name of a river in southern Norway. The name is a combination of the words elv
"river" and nid
(of unknown meaning).
NIZA (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish for the city of Nice, France.
NOLITA (Political Subdivision) American
A neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Derived from "NOrth of Little ITAly"123
. Nolita is bounded on the north by Houston Street, on the east by the Bowery, on the south roughly by Broome Street, and on the west by Lafayette Street... [more]
NORTH DAKOTA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of indigenous people of the Great Plains, from the Dakota word dakhóta
NORTHUMBERLAND (Region) English
From the much larger Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, meaning 'land north of the Humber'.
NOUAKCHOTT (Settlement) English
Derived from Berber Nawākšūṭ
meaning "place of the winds". Nouakchott is the capital and largest city of Mauritania
NOVAYA ZEMLYA (Island) Russian
From Russian новий (noviy)
meaning "new" and земля (zemlya)
meaning "land". Novaya Zemlya is an island in northern Russia.